Sony-Backed Aerosense Unveils Two Drone Prototypes

Posted: Aug 25 2015, 1:26am CDT | by , in Technology News


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Sony-Backed Aerosense Unveils Two Drone Prototypes

Aerosense, a drone company co-founded by Sony and ZMP, reveals two new drones.

Sony has unveiled two drone prototypes built by Aerosense, a new drone subsidiary it co-founded with Tokyo-based robotics company ZMP Inc. Sony announced the joint venture last month.

Aerosense relies heavily on Sony's camera technologies in addition to ZMP's expertise in robotics. Sony has already partnered with ZMP to create self-driving cars; the giant consumer electronics company has invested $843,000 in ZMP.

Perhaps the most notable of the two drones is the AS-DT01-E, an airplane-shaped drone that can fly for more than two hours while carrying objects weighing up to 22 pounds. Aerosense claims that the drone can travel at a maximum speed of 106 miles an hour.

The second drone is a quad-copter, dubbed the AS-MC01-P. The drone carries a GPS, INS (Intertial Navigation System), and Sony's DSC-QX30 lens camera. Aerosense published videos of the drones in action.

Drones are becoming popular, encouraging companies like Google and Amazon to create their own UAVs. But Aerosense will not be competing against Amazon and Google since its focus will be on the enterprise market, inspecting infrastructures and surveying land.

The closest competitor is Yamaha Motor, which sells autonomous piloted helicopters for agricultural and industrial purposes. Aerosense expects to get around $82.6 million in revenue by 2020. The joint venture is Sony's attempt to expand its portfolio of products.

In a news conference, Hisashi Taniguchi, the CEO of Aerospace, said that drones are a lot safer because most accidents are caused by human errors. “By making it automated, drones will be considerably safer because many of accidents today are caused by human errors,” he said.

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